We are enjoying the beginning of spring here at UA. If you haven't seen campus in bloom, we hope you'll stop by in a few weeks and walk around.
The semester is moving quickly and will soon be coming to a close. Take a look at the spring final exam week schedule and future semester dates for 2014-2015. Fall grades could be available to your student as early as May 3 through May 14.
The next edition of the Parents & Family Association e-newsletter will be sent mid-July. We have received many positive responses from readers who are encouraged by this partnership, and we look forward to working with you to celebrate our students' accomplishments and graduation. Thank you for your support!
In this April/May edition, you will find information about:
- Scheduling for summer and fall classes, and aid
- Residence Life and Housing on move-out dates & summer housing options
- Billing due dates for summer and fall semesters
- Ways for parents and family members to get involved on campus
- Things to do during finals week
Assistant Vice President for Student Success
You're invited to SpringFest and PFA meet-and-greet!
SpringFest is UA’s end-of-the-year celebration held the Friday before finals week. Be sure to join us Friday, May 2 for this free family event. Held on campus, SpringFest will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature inflatables, a petting zoo, free novelty items, carnival games, music, food, food trucks, and conclude with a fireworks display at approximately 9:20 p.m. See the SpringFest website for more!
No tickets are required, however you and any siblings should join your UA student to be wrist-banded and sign activity waivers for certain attractions.
Join fellow members of the Association from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Union 310 for a meet-and-greet! If you plan on attending the meet-and-greet, please tell us via this form.
Things to do during finals week
The Student Union will be open extended hours during finals week for Study Union. Sunday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 7, the Student Union is open until 2 a.m. with free coffee and snacks. Starbucks and the other food facilities have extended hours and specials. The Game Room is also open until 1 a.m.
The ZPN movie series will be showing Winter’s Tale on Sunday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 6, and Three Days to Kill on Monday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 7. All showings are at 10 p.m.
Cram Jam is Monday, May 5, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the ballroom. Every hour there will be 45 minutes of studying and then 15 minutes of fun! Free food, games and prizes sponsored by the Panellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.
Stop by the Information Center or check the Student Union webpage for a complete schedule of Study Union events and food specials.
Financial aid for summer
Summer financial aid is available to all eligible students who have a 2014-2015 FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid and who have completed and submitted the Summer Aid Application. It is important to note, any aid awarded and used during the summer is subtracted from your total award for the 2014-15 adacemic year. Learn more.
The Department of Residence Life and Housing is now accepting requests for summer housing. Students interested in living on-campus during the summer sessions are encouraged to apply for summer housing by selecting Manage Housing in My Akron. Summer residents will be accommodated in the Exchange Street Residence Hall. The cost is $34 a day for a 4-person apartment, or get a shared single at $26 a day. Students must take 6 credits hours in the summer to live in a Residence Hall.
A housing scholarship has been established to assist students with financial needs that may prevent them from living on campus. Students who receive a scholarship will be housed in Exchange Street shared singles (2 residents per unit) free of charge during summer sessions. Students may choose to upgrade to an Exchange Street 4-person apartment (4 residents per apartment) for $8/night/person.
For off-campus housing, short-term leases are available but normally cost an extra 10%-25% per month; those rates are not normally advertised online. Make sure it’s clear and double check before signing a lease.
Another option is to see if any UA students are looking to sublease for the summer while they study abroad, complete a co-op or go home for the semester/summer. There are two places students advertise their subleases:
- with our partner Off-Campus Mobile 101 on the message board
- the Off-campus Student Services Facebook group (must join to become a member)
If you don’t see something that meets their needs, students can always post that they are looking. Most landlords permit subleases but may require a small fee for processing the paper work or a background check, but some students will offer discounts for someone to take over a summer lease to help offset any expenses.
Tips about scheduling for summer and fall
- Students should meet with their academic advisors to discuss scheduling classes for summer and fall semesters. Running a DARS report is also a good resource to track progress towards degree completion.
- Students who schedule early get the most convenient times and days of classes that fit their life and work schedule. Check My Akron for the enrollment appointment day and time.
- Enroll in at least 15-16 credits per semester to “Finish In Time,” which is designed to help students graduate on time with the least amount of debt. Don't just take our word for it.
- Graduating on time can save money many ways. Students who graduate on time pay less for tuition and begin earning a first-year salary sooner. When academic advisors meet with students this spring, they will encourage students to take as many classes as can be successfully completed.
We recommend that students focus on academics and on the overarching goal of graduating on time. Those who can focus more on academics typically come out ahead financially compared to those who work full time while taking courses, thus delaying graduation by months or years.
- If other responsibilities will limit your student’s ability to take 15-16 credits each semester encourage them to take summer classes to achieve 30-32 credits per calendar year which will keep your student on tract to graduate on time.
Keeping your student safe and smart
As the temperature rises, so does the number of outdoor events and parties. Recently, the University launched a new safety awareness campaign, reminding students of the many resources we have to keep them safe both on and off campus, including easy personal safety tips and a new mobile app to make it easier to report a safety problem (and get rewarded for a safety tip that works!).
We encourage students and parents to sign up for our Z-Alert emergency text-messaging service which is one quick and easy way to be made aware of urgent safety issues or weather-related emergencies. Remind your student to sign up to receive Z-Alert and to subscribe to The University of Akron's official twitter feed for important campus messages.
Join the UA Roo Crew
As the parent of a current UA student, you have the opportunity to join the Roo Crew! The Roo Crew is a team of UA supporters - alumni, parents, friends and employees - who volunteer at their convenience on campus. Whether it is helping with large campus events and programs, mentoring, speaking to a student organization, visiting a class, or reviewing a resume, everyone has something to offer and the Roo Crew gives you the opportunity to do just that.
Join nearly 900 others in the Roo Crew and complete the short interest form. For questions or additional information, please contact Cassie Verardi at email@example.com or 330-972-8488.
Residence halls close after finals
University residence halls will close at the completion of finals and students will need to remove their belongings and check out of the residence hall room. For more information about the residence hall closing procedures please refer to the Department of Residence Life and Housing website.